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With the world awaiting a meeting between major powers and Iran to resolve the country’s long-wrangled-over nuclear case, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana says the negotiations will take place in Geneva. Solana, who has headed the Western negotiating efforts with Iran, named Geneva as the venue for the much-awaited talks. The new location was picked as he had earlier said that, “I think very likely it will be Turkey.”
The chief Western negotiator told reporters in New York on Tuesday that the powers will not put forward new proposals to convince Tehran to halt its debated uranium enrichment program. “It’s freeze for freeze,” Solana said, referring to a proposal under which Iran would freeze its enrichment program in exchange for economic incentives and a halt to further UN sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The remarks came as six powers are set to hold a ministerial meeting to discuss Iran’s nuclear case on Wednesday on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in New York.
Meanwhile, Solana said he did not expect the Wednesday session of the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain — the five permanent veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council — plus Germany on Iran to produce any ‘substantive decision.’ Addressing the possibility of further sanctions against Iran, Solana said he does not expect Russia, China to rule out such new sanctions. “I don’t think that the Russians and Chinese will say … never again,” the EU chief said.